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Monday, November 11, 2013

PHYSICIANS FOUNDATION LOOKS AT POLICY RESEARCH NEEDS

I spent nearly all of last week working at the meeting of The Physicians Foundation. As president of the foundation and TMA’s representative on its board, I am adamant that it produce outstanding research and fund high-quality projects so we continue to get a great return for Texas physicians. The foundation was created as part of the 2003 settlement of the class-action lawsuit that TMA and 21 other state and county medical societies brought against for-profit HMOs. The board at this meeting looked at studying quality metrics, integrated delivery systems, physician leadership, a University of North Carolina simulation model on workforce needs, and the foundation’s next nationwide survey of physicians.

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